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A Survey of Monuments of Archaeological and Historical Interest in the Barony of Bunratty Lower, Co. Clare by William Gerrard Ryan
 

Part 2: Chapter 14: Kilmurry Parish: Shandangan West Townland

Site A: RINGFORT (Classification type 1(b))
   
6” O.S. Sheet number : 43 (Co. Clare)
Reference : 31.7 cm North; 14.5 cm West
Height : c. 220’ O.D. (Tinker’s Hill)
Shape : circular

Description of site:
The name Daingean suggests this to be the site of a stonefort. This view is added to by an examination of the relevant 6” O.S. sheet – the site is represented in the manner of a stonefort and not a ringfort.

However, field examination found that this site was in many ways similar to the nearby Rosroe Townland, Site B, (also Kilmurry Civil Parish). In other words what we have here is a double banked ringfort, with fosse, the face of the outer bank being stone faced. This gives it the initial impression of being an example of a stonefort.

What are the features of the site? Though this site has a double bank and fosse these features are not visible over the full site. Because of the steepness of the slope to the east of the ringfort it was decided by its builders that a fosse and outer bank would be unnecessary here. Thus, in the eastern area, we only find the inner bank. The site builders were adapting to the natural advantages of site location.

On average the outer bank is ½ - ¾ metres high by 2 metres wide. As stated previously there is evidence of stone facing over part of this bank. However it is essentially an earthen bank, as shown in areas where it has been damaged.

The inner bank is somewhat better represented. In the northern area it is 2 metres high and 3 metres wide. However, on average, this bank has a height of 1 metre and a width of 2 – 3 metres.

The fosse may be traced over most of the site, the exception being the steeply sloping eastern area. On average it is quite well represented being 4 metres wide and 1 – 1 ½ metres deep. One can examine this feature in some detail to the south/west of the site.

One can move through this site with little difficulty as only some light permanent vegetation exists. The internal diameters, north-south and east-west, both centre on 35 metres each.

Shandangan West A: Photo taken across the site’s interior, to the west interior bank
Shandangan West A: Photo taken across the site’s interior,
to the west interior bank

Shandangan West A: Photo taken from outside this site to the west showing the outer stone faced bank, fosse, and partial vegetation covered interior
Shandangan West A: Photo taken from outside this site to the west showing
the outer stone faced bank, fosse, and partial vegetation covered interior

 

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